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NAHT comments on EPI teacher wellbeing report

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has today published a review of the evidence on teacher wellbeing in England.

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders' union NAHT, commented:

“Everyone knows that on a good day, teaching is one of the most rewarding careers imaginable. However, for many teachers and school leaders, the enormous privilege of helping young people learn and grow can be outweighed by the pressure and workload of the profession they’ve chosen.”

Recently, the Education Support Partnership published figures that said 78% of all education professionals are experiencing either behavioural, psychological or physical symptoms due to their work. Only half of respondents to NAHT’s recent survey of middle leaders (teachers with both teaching and leading responsibilities) said they aspired to headship, with concerns about work/life balance (79%) and accountability pressures (69%) as the top two reasons.

“NAHT will shortly publish the findings of an all-member survey detailing how school leaders feel about their wellbeing and working conditions.”

Press and Media contacts:

Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
07545 354363

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